WVU to open 2018 football season against Tennessee in Charlotte, N.C.

West Virginia will hit the road Sept. 1, 2018 to face Tennessee at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday.

The game will be the teams’ first meeting and West Virginia’s fifth neutral-site game in seven seasons.

“This matchup against Tennessee is very attractive, featuring a quality opponent from a highly visible conference at an NFL stadium,” said West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck. “We have a lot of fans and alumni living in the Charlotte area, and this is another outstanding game in close proximity that our fans can travel to easily.

“We never have played Tennessee before in football and both states are similar in makeup, so it’s time for us to meet on the football field.”

West Virginia will open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Alabama at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

“Our players enjoy playing in NFL stadiums, and this is a great matchup for our program,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We recruit the state of North Carolina, and Charlotte is a strong football area.”

Luck hinted at a neutral-site opener in Charlotte in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March.

“Our fan base likes [neutral-site games] because they are relatively drivable,” Luck said at the time. “Whether it’s [Washington] D.C. or Charlotte or even Atlanta, you can jump in the car and make that trip. You can’t say that about Austin, Texas.”

Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt. First Published July 22, 2014 12:00 AM

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